How many times have you been called a different name by someone? Did it make you feel important? Not remembering a person’s name can be embarassing, and yes, even a deal-breaker! Names are a crucial identification piece that will show how observant you are as well as how respectful you act.
Miriam Salpeter’s article in US News provides great tips from many sources to help you succeed. “One way to help you stand out from a crowd? Demonstrating the ability to learn people’s names. ‘Name recall will boost your image, earn you respect and differentiate you,’ explains Nicholas Aretakis, author of No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide. Dale Carnegie focuses on this important principle in his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. In it, he says, ‘Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.’”
Give it a try – it will never hurt you to remember someone’s name.